The starving artist is a pervasive idea, and in reality lots of creative people struggle in self-¬employment because money is a constant battle. This isn’t always just due to lack of funds, however – actors sometimes just need the basics of financial literacy explained in a way that makes sense. This not-scary three hour workshop helps actors answer some of the biggest financial questions they might have:
• How do I weather the ups and downs of creative income?
• How do we manage our spending?
• Do I have to keep working for free?
• What should I charge?
• Where can I go for help?
All participants are also given access to a Dropbox full of extra information, plenty of free resources and the chance to have four hours of free creative business advice through the NSW Business Connect program.
Bio of host:
Monica Davidson is an award-winning expert on the creative industries, who began her creative life as a freelance journalist and filmmaker before starting a film production company in the early 90s. Her experience highlighted how desperately unprepared creative people can be for a life of entrepreneurship. Monica decided to use her expertise to help other creative practitioners develop and improve their business skills, and now she works with individual practitioners and larger organisations as a business advisor, strategic consultant and workshop facilitator. She focuses on goal setting, business and strategic planning, financial literacy and understanding markets. Monica is a regular guest lecturer at institutions including AFTRS, NIDA, NAVA and Ausdance, and she is the author of the Australian version of Freelancing for Dummies. In 2013 Monica was appointed as the first NSW Creative Industries Business Advisor through SmallBizConnect, and the following year she completed her Masters Degree in Screen Business at AFTRS. In 2015 Monica was named as one of the Westpac 100 Women of Influence for her work in the creative industries. Her award-winning company Creative Plus Business Group recently joined the City of Sydney Creative Spaces project, and in 2017 Monica and the team were proud to join the NSW Department of Industry Business Connect program as creative industries specialists for the whole state.